Practical Distribution & Substation Automation (incl. Communications) for Electrical Power Systems

THE WORKSHOP

Ensure that you are informed and a part of this leading edge technology by attending our two-day workshop presenting an objective, unbiased view of the latest and future developments in this area of electrical engineering.

Distribution and Substation Automation offers you a multitude of benefits including:

  • Increased function and reliability of electrical protection
  • Advanced disturbance and event recording capabilities aiding in detailed electrical fault analyses
  • Display of real-time substation information in a central control centre
  • Remote switching and advanced supervisory control over the power network
  • Increased integrity and safety of the electrical power network, including advanced interlocking functions
  • Advanced automation functions e.g. intelligent load shedding

This workshop is designed to familiarise you with all aspects of distribution and substation automation.

The different levels of substation integration and automation are outlined and discussed. The components and architecture of the typical distribution and substation automation system are detailed. The different approaches promoted by the different substation automation vendors are identified and detailed and the advantages of each are outlined.

The characteristics and operation of the Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) are examined. A practical checklist is then provided of the optimum way to implement this technology to your next project.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Communications engineers working in the power industry
  • Engineers and managers responsible for planning and justifying substation automation
  • Project engineers responsible for implementing a substation automation project
  • Technicians and operators installing and working with substation automation systems

and generally…

  • Control and instrumentation engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electrical technicians
  • Power system engineers
  • Protection engineers

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • Definition and application of power system automation and the importance of data communications in the modern electrical environment
  • Clarification of concepts of substation and distribution automation
  • Overview of workshop
  • Fundamental concepts

OVERVIEW OF PROTECTION AND POWER DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS

  • Fundamentals of power distribution
  • Fundamentals of protection
  • Development of protection relays
  • Multi-function relays

POWER SYSTEM AUTOMATION

  • Description and history of power system automation
  • Local intelligence in substations: advanced protection, monitoring, metering, control and information regarding the electrical network
  • Capabilities of modern intelligent relays (IEDs)

REMOTE SUBSTATION ACCESS

  • Conventional telemetry systems
  • Limitations of PLCs and RTUs in a substation environment

DISTRIBUTION AUTOMATION

  • Customer site automation functions
  • Automatic meter reading
  •  Demand side management
  •  Remote connect and disconnect
  • Feeder automation functions
  • Fault location, isolation and service restoration
  • VAr dispatch
  • Voltage dispatch
  • Master station
  •  Approaches
  • Integration with corporate system

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC DEVICES (IEDS)

  • Description of IEDs
  • Modern intelligent relay
  • Functionality of modern relays
  • Differences in manufacturer's approaches and equipment
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Interfacing to communications systems
  • Troubleshooting

DATA COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY

  • Basics of data communication, including different techniques and media access methods
  • Physical media, including radio and satellite communication
  • Different communication protocols used for substations
  • Discussion of most important protocols used in the electrical industry (DNP3, 60870.5, UCA)
  • Communication requirements for substations
  • Wireless communications
  • Suitability of different protocols for substation communications
  • Standardisation of communication in substations: goals and status

SCADA FOR SUBSTATION MONITORING AND CONTROL

  • Requirements of SCADA for electrical networks (central control station)
  • Hardware and support requirements
  • Software and configuration

COMPARISON OF POWER SYSTEM AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

  • Types of power system automation systems, including different communication architectures
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different types
  • RTUs and PLCs in substations vs IEDs

LEADING MANUFACTURERS' SYSTEMS

  • Overview of the leading manufacturers' systems and products, including development plans
  • Choice and emphasis of different manufacturers on various concepts and communication protocols
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various systems

TROUBLESHOOTING

  • IED/PLC/RTU level hardware and software problems
  • Communications system – hardware (RS-232/RS-485/Fibre/Ethernet)
  • Communications system (protocol level)
  • Overall system operation - traffic levels

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Benefits of a power system automation system
  • Capital expenditure and maintenance costs
  • Cost savings
  • Evaluating your requirements
  • Choosing a system and supplier

CONCLUSION

  • The internet and power systems automation
  • Electrical communications security (incl. Firewalls)

PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION AND EXERCISES

  • Demonstration of a power system automation system at work
  • Construction of a simple power automation communications network
  • Design of distribution automation system

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